DotTel (.tel) dropped over 26K domains out of the zone over the past 48 hours. Of the domains dropped since 01/January/2014, 26,131 were Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs). The domain count for .tel fell from 213,239 on 01/January/2014 to 187,022 on 26/January. This seems to be a classic bubble where registries make IDNs available to register in an attempt to hit the Chinese/Asian/Other markets. Not surprisingly, the bubble bursts and a lot of IDN registrations are washed away. Up to yesterday, 1503 non-IDN domains were deleted in .tel zone but there were 1417 new registrations since 01/January/2014. Did any one here register .tel domains?
Today's figures show another 38K drop. Of the 38,345 domains dropped from the zone, 38,286 of the domains were IDNs. This is definitely an IDN bubble bursting and the .tel is down 30.264% on its 01/01/2014 figure. It is quite exceptional to see that kind of a loss and it should be a reality check for some of the new gTLD fanboys/fangirls.
Some day soon we will be reading headlines about expired / abandoned domains being sucked into a giant "donut hole", the DNS equivalent of a black hole, nameed infamously after the spawner of 100s of new gTLDs - "Donuts".